Thursday, June 20, 2013

Seal of Honor Blog Tour

Please join me in welcoming the author of Seal of Honor, the first book in a new series called Hornet. First a little info about the book.

It’s a good thing Gabe Bristow lives and breathes the Navy SEAL credo, “the only easy day was yesterday,” because today, his life is unrecognizable. When his prestigious career comes to a crashing halt, he’s left with a bum leg and few prospects for employment that don’t include a desk.

That is, until he’s offered the chance to command a private hostage rescue team and free a wealthy American businessman from Colombian paramilitary rebels. It seems like a good deal—until he meets his new team: a drunk Cajun linguist, a boy-genius CIA threat analyst, an FBI negotiator with mob ties, a cowboy medic, and an EOD expert as volatile as the bombs he defuses. Oh, and who could forget the sexy, frustratingly impulsive Audrey Van Amee? She’s determined to help rescue her brother—or drive Gabe crazy. Whichever comes first.

As the death toll rises, Gabe’s team of delinquents must figure out how to work together long enough to save the day. Or, at least, not get themselves killed. Because Gabe’s finally found something worth living for, and God help him if he can’t bring her brother back alive.

Title: SEAL of Honor
Author: Tonya Burrows
Series: HORNET #1
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 352 pages
Release Date: May 28, 2013
Imprint: Entangled Select
ISBN: 978-1620612583

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Tonya Burrows | 
Writing has always been my one true love. I wrote my first novel-length story in 8th grade and haven't stopped since. I received a B.A. in creative writing from SUNY Oswego and I'm now working on a MFA in popular fiction at Seton Hill University.

When I'm not writing, I spend my time reading, painting (badly), exploring new places, and enjoying time with my family. Give me a good horror movie over a chick flick any day. (And, let's be honest, I'll take a bad horror movie too!) I'm a geek at heart and pledge my avid TV fandom to Supernatural and Doctor Who. I'm also a big fan of The Voice. What can I say? Guilty pleasure.

I share my life with two dogs and a ginormous cat. We live in a small town in PA, but I suffer from a bad case of wanderlust and usually end up moving someplace new every few years. Luckily, my animals are all excellent travel buddies.

Tourwide Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a signed copy of SEAL OF HONOR, swag, and will even have a character in one of Tonya’s future releases named after them!

Book specific questions:

Tell me something about your book I won’t find in the back cover blurb.
            It was loads of fun to write! Gabe and Audrey created sparks from their very first meeting and watching the guys of HORNET grapple with each other made this one of the easiest books I’ve ever written.    

Did you have a specific inspiration in mind for Gabe and Audrey while writing? Were they based on real life people?
            Not really. I mean, I always find pictures online of models or actors that I think look the most like my mental image of my characters, but other than that, they are completely fictional.

If it were made into a movie, who do you see playing some of your favorite characters from the book?

            The pictures I had pinned to my wall while writing SEAL OF HONOR were of 
actor Paul Logan for Gabe 

and actress Amanda Ringetti for Audrey.

So I guess those two.

General questions:

What are some inspirations when it comes to story ideas?
            My inspiration can come from anywhere. Could be a person I see walking down the street. A movie or TV show. A book. A news story. Especially a news story since I write romantic suspense and I like to base my plots on current world events.

Have you ever heard a song (or seen a movie) and just had an entire story pop into your head?
            Maybe not the entire story, but yes. SEAL of Honor was inspired by the Denzel Washington movie Man on Fire.
I don’t often find inspiration in music, but I do usually find a song that resonates with me while I’m writing because it reminds me of the plot or characters of that particular book. Almost all of my books have at least one song that I associate with them.

Do you have specific scheduled writing times?
            No. I used to write first thing every morning when I lived on my own, but because of my current living situation that is not always possible. I pretty much just squeeze my writing time in wherever it will fit. I do have a set word count, which ranges from 1000 to 2000 words a day, depending on the book I’m working on.

Are you a pantser or a plotter?
            A bit of both. I plot out the major points in a book like a road map so I don’t get lost on a tangent and then let my characters take it from there.

Are there times when you think a story should go one way and your "characters" change your mind for you?
            All. The. Time! My characters never listen to me.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
            An author. And an astronaut. And a marine biologist. And a vet. And a criminal profiler. But, mostly, an author.

Which author is an automatic buy?
            J.R. Ward, John Sandford, Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb, Larissa Ione, Cindy Gerard, Suzanne Brockmann, Stephanie Tyler... Actually it’d probably be a shorter list if I told you who isn’t on my automatic buy list!

What do you eat/drink while writing?
            I used to always have candy or cookies or other yummy goodies while I was writing. But since I’m a recovering junk food junkie, I avoid all that now. Every once in a while, I’ll indulge in a cup of coffee, but I try to stick to flavored water or Crystal Light peach ice tea.

What are you reading right now?
            Mostly nonfiction books—research for HORNET book #2. I’m also reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline for school and listening to Run the Risk by Lori Foster on audio book.

What is your guilty pleasure?
            The Voice. I swore off watching reality talent competitions years ago, but… well, it’s Adam Levine. Adam. Levine. And Blake Shelton’s hilarious. Oh, the singers aren’t half bad either. <grin>

What TV show are you LOVING right now?
            Doctor Who. I have my classmates in Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program to thank for the obsession. I kept hearing them all talk about it, so I started watching it on NetFlix to see what all the buzz was about. LOVED IT! I watched all the episodes available in about two weeks.

Ok, speed round *g*...

Jeremy Renner or Jason Statham?
            Jeremy Renner, no question.
High Heels or Flats?
Wine, Beer, or Umbrella drink?
            Umbrella drink. Pass that margarita!
Cupcakes or Cookies?
Chocolate or Gummi Bears?
Beach or Woods?
Iron Man or Thor?
            Oh, absolutely Iron Man.
Gone With the Wind or Titanic?
                Titanic, but only because I’ve never actually seen or read Gone with the Wind. (I know. I know. What kind of romance writer am I?)
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She also had a new book come out on June 10. Here is the info:

Wilde Nights in Paradise
(Wilde Security #1)

By Tonya Burrows

He’ll guard her body all night long.

Former Force Recon marine Jude Wilde’s motto has always been “burn bridges and never look back,” so nobody is more surprised when Wilde Security is hired to protect assistant district attorney Libby Pruitt, the woman he loved and left. Although she makes it clear she wants nothing to do with Jude, they’re forced to fake a relationship for her safety. He can’t ignore the heat still simmering between them, and when her stalker’s threats escalate to attempted murder, he’s left with no choice but to whisk her away to a friend’s safe house in Key West, FL.

Cooped up in paradise together, Jude begins to chip away at Libby’s resolve to hate him. But even as she gives in to his proximity and her body’s demands for his, she refuses to fall for his charms again. Maybe a torrid affair in the sun is exactly what she needs to get him out of her system. But when her stalker tracks them down, can they escape the steamy Key West night without anyone getting hurt?

Title: Wilde Nights in Paradise
Author: Tonya Burrows
Series: Wilde Security #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: 250 pages
Release Date: June 10, 2013
Imprint: Brazen
ISBN: 9781622662241


  1. Thank you so much for sharing!! I enjoyed the interview and excerpts!!

  2. Love the cover! Cant wait to read the book.

  3. I have a special place in my bed, HEART!, for military men. Seal of Honor sounds delicious ;)

    1. *snort* Sure you meant "heart." We'll go with that. :D